BARDSTOWN, Ky. -- Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc. will cut the ribbon and roll in the first barrel of Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey into Rickhouse “J”, the latest addition of a nearly $5 million expansion of the company’s barrel storage capacity.
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear is scheduled to join Heaven Hill President Max L. Shapira and other senior executives for the ceremony, scheduled for Feb. 16.
Heaven Hill, the largest independent family-owned and operated bourbon distiller and distilled spirits producer in the United States, recently filled the company’s 6 millionth barrel, only the second continuously operated distillery in the country ever to do so.
Heaven Hill will require the new warehouse space for its growing inventory of approximately 900,000 aging barrels, the second largest in the world. In 2010, for the first time in the company’s history, Heaven Hill produced more barrels than anyone else in the industry.